Sep 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today at Castelgandalfo Pope Benedict XVI received participants in the 22nd plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, presided by Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko. The Holy Father told the participants, who are gathering to discuss the theme “The Parish Rediscovered, Paths for Renewal,” that while programs are important, true renewal and rediscovery occurs through profound encounters with Christ.
Sep 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The death of Sister Leonella Sgorbati, killed together with her Muslim bodyguard, Mohamed Mahamodu, who was a father of four, is evidence that “it is possible to live and die together,” said Bishop Giorgio Bertin of Djibuti during the funeral Mass for the slain nun.
Sep 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two members of the European Parliament are calling on EU member states to declare clear support for Pope Benedict XVI and for freedom of expression, in the wake of violent reactions to the Pope’s lecture at the University of Ratisbona.
Sep 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Institute on Bioethics of the Catholic University of Bolivia and the Apostolate of the New Evangelization, ANEPROVIDA, have called on the country’s political and healthcare leaders to prohibit the sale of the morning after pill because of its abortifacient nature and its attack on women’s health and traditional mores.
Sep 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his continuing efforts to reach the public and foster a culture of transparency in the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Sean O'Malley has started his own weblog, or “blog” site. The Franciscan-turned-cardinal is thought to be the first cardinal to use such a forum. O’Malley will be writing in the online diary during his 10-day trip to Rome, which began yesterday.
Sep 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s recent remarks about Islam, which were received with violent protests in some parts of the Muslim world, has opened channels for true Muslim-Christian dialogue, says Reuel Marc Gerecht in an editorial published Sept. 21 in the Wall Street Journal.
Sep 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has invited “certain representatives of Muslim communities in Italy,” as well as Ambassadors from Muslim countries to the apostolic palace at Castelgandolfo on Monday.
Sep 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Three Indonesian Catholic men were executed in Indonesia this morning. They had been convicted for inciting violence, which killed about 200 Muslims, in 2000.
Sep 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As part of the celebration of “European Heritage Days,” an initiative of the Council of Europe, the Holy See will participate with more than 40 countries by offering free admission to the Vatican Museums and the Catacombs of Rome on Sunday.
Sep 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pointing out that Cardinal Camillo Ruini has grasped the essence of the pontificate of Benedict XVI better than other Church leaders, Vatican insider Sandro Magister released a new column today supporting Ruini’s praise for the Pontiff’s “splendid” lecture at the University of Regensburg.